About Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking
The Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking is for the adventurous who crave something more challenging than the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Khumbu Three Passes Trek crosses three non-technical high altitude passes: Renjo La, 5345m, Cho La 5420m, and Kongma La, 5535m. The Khumbu Three Passes Trek is packed with spectacular panoramic views of the world’s most awesome peaks: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), four of the world’s eight highest peaks.
Besides the three high passes, this trek includes Khumbu favorites like Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking has long days of trekking at high altitudes, which are strenuous, even for the physically fit. Your senses will be saturated with the natural beauty of the Khumbu and you will be ready for the warm welcome of the local guest house where you experience the cultural beauty of the Sherpa people. Picturesque villages and monasteries give glimpses into the Khumbu culture.
Starting at Lukla, 2828m, on the Classic Everest Base Camp trail, we follow the Dudh Koshi River up to the bustling, modern Sherpa capital of Namche. We make the most of luxuries we will do without on the rest of the trek, and head off up the Bhote Koshi Valley via Thame. The long ascent to Renjo La is challenging, but the view from the top makes it well worth the effort. The scene from here will be one of your favorite memories of this trek.
We descend into the Gokyo Valley where we see the turquoise blue, sacred Gokyo Lakes alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier. From Gokyo we climb up to Gokyo Ri, 5330m, which is considered as the best view point in the entire Everest Region. Next, we cross over the creaking glacier, and start the ascent to Chola La. The trail covers grassland, then scree and finally loose stones and ice. Chola La pass, on the edge of a glacier, offers another fantastic view. Besides watching your step on the tricky descent over glacial icefall and boulders, you will look up and see Ama Dablam is facing you, beautifully framed by the Khumbu Valley. We rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp which follows along the Khumbu glacier. From nearby Kala Patthar, 5550m, we get the best close up view of Mt. Everest.
The trail to Kongma La, the final and highest of the three passes, branches off the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche. It crosses the Khumbu glacier to grassy slopes. The most challenging part of the ascent is on loose stone. The mountains seen best from Kongma La Pass are Makalu, Lhotse, 8516m, Nuptse, 7861m, Pumori, Lobuche and Ama Dablam. The descent into the Chhukung Valley is steep. We make our way back down to Lukla via Dingboche and Tengboche.
The Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking is a 21-days trek but the itinerary can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference and needs. The best season for Three High Passes Trek is from March to May and from September to November. Many companies will guide you through Kongma La, the highest pass, first. We, at Annapurna Foothills Treks, prefer the itinerary to start with Renjo La first and Kongma La last. Trekking to Renjo La first gives your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the risk of climbing too high too fast.
Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.